National Affairs: Ghost Town

A postcard mailed in Washington to "New Ghost Town, Pa." last week, did not make the postmen think twice. It was promptly delivered in Pittsburgh. In the fourth week of George L. Mueller's power strike (TIME, Oct. 7), the nation's tenth city was not exactly ghostly. It was just ghastly.

Pittsburgh's downtown "Golden Triangle" was festooned with big, smoke-gushing boilers, supplying heat to office buildings. Motors chugged in the streets to turn power generators for lights. Railroad locomotives fed steam into three large, trackside buildings. Hundreds of businesses were still closed; about 50,000 people were still out of work.

Pittsburghers hitchhiked to work,...

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